Our vision of Catholic Charities is to provide a continuum of care that eliminates the need for abortion—due to homelessness or lack of family support or lack of medical care.
In 2016, we converted our pregnancy resource centers into medical centers and renamed them Marisol Health. We acquired two maternity homes, so now we can provide seven beds for homeless women experiencing pregnancy. We converted our Father Ed Judy House into Marisol Homes and went from nine to 16 units, housing more single women and children. And, there’s another option for single women and children, Marisol Home at Garrison, where women can pay a small rent if they’re not ready to go out on their own.
Too often, a family in poverty today is a young woman with a child. First, we have to stop the poverty of death, which is abortion. Then we have to provide the support and the resources so that each woman can not only give life to her child — but to have a life with her child.
We want each person to know, “God loves you” and then show that love in reality, through a continuum of care. So when a woman comes into Marisol Health and, possibly, on to one of our maternity homes, she can also be put on the waiting list for one of our Archdiocesan Housing apartment buildings, which could be two years out.
We can provide that ongoing care for them, all the way through. At the same time, we offer them an opportunity to grab a rope of self-sufficiency, to get back on their feet. That may be getting a GED or going back to school. We also provide day-care centers. Catholic Charities provides all the resources a woman may need to regain a life for
herself and her child.
The continuum of care is working. Now we need to branch out, to find employers and partnerships and opportunities for these young women and their children. That’s where we are now. It’s working and we need to do more of it. And with your continued help, we will.
Each new Marisol Health center we open on Colorado’s Front Range may cost $1 million or more. We currently have centers in Denver and Lafayette. We want to open new ones
in Boulder, Greeley and Fort Collins. Help us extend this continuum of care across all of northern Colorado so that women in desperate need can find mercy, compassion and care.